His mother of course was a Bowers of Somerset, MA, married to Joseph Swasey (1714-1801)
She was daughter of Jonathan Bowers; he had been born in
I will try to bring a you copy of the news article from 1905 from the Boston Sentinel, which scathingly speaks of Jonathan's rise to riches, and then speaks mainly about his youngest son and his adventures.
But Mary Bowers Swasey is mentioned in it as well.
Oh fiddlesticks...it's a huge PDF file, which I've been able to copy into WORD as an image, but it doesn't translate to jpg, so can't show the original newspaper to you here. I would love to! It's so fun of ads, and pictures of various Bowers' houses...I'll keep working on it.
And there was a quilt done of the various historic homes which includes this view of the house.
There are some wonderful original census reports of Somerset, which will give me a glimpse at how the Bowers and Swaseys were living close to each other...and perhaps I can guess at birth date for Mary. I only know she appears in 1823 in the Boston directory as a resident of a boarding house, as widow of Joseph Swasey.